For some older people, talking about personal matters might not come easily. Some also worry that asking for help might be seen as a weakness. But the community and its understanding of mental health issues has come a long way.
Poor communication with this vulnerable and growing population can undermine your efforts to provide good patient care. Thomas E. White Jr.
Elderspeak is a specialized speech style used by younger adults with older adults, characterized by simpler vocabulary and sentence structure, filler words, lexical fillers, overly-endearing terms, closed-ended questionsusing the collective "we", repetition, and speaking more slowly. Communication accommodation theory looks at how we modify our speech for our conversation partners. In other circumstances, people may change their speech to be more distinct, a process known as divergence.
Effective communication requires you to tailor your message to your audience. When it comes to older adults, many of us tend to treat them like children, or invalids. Here are the most common mistakes we all make, and how you can avoid them. Age comes with a lot of stereotypes, and we often fall prey to them.
But the condescending terms that so exasperate Miss Kelly are not just insulting to many elderly people; they can also be bad for their health, according to two ground-breaking studies. So-called "elderspeak" - defined by researchers as overly caring, controlling and infantilising communication - bears many similar traits to "baby talk", including simplified grammar and vocabulary and overly intimate endearments. And such verbal ageism can harm longevity by delivering a self-fulfilling message that older people are incompetent, frail and feeble, sending them into a negative downward spiral, researchers say.
Willie Nelson is Which is either scary, or awesome, depending on your point of view and your love of a latter-day outlaw. Suppose you got the chance: Imagine you walk into a diner, sit down on a stool at the counter, order your coffee, turn to your left and see Nelson occupying the next seat.
I recently asked Dawn Schultz and several others to speak at the Aging in Place Business Round Table about how service providers can communicate effectively with senior citizens and their families. Follow this link to see a summary of that panel presentation. So to have an outside friend of both the family and the Senior to act as a neutral but empathetic mediator is often far more important to your clients than the specific tasks you may be asked to perform.
Nurses encounter many older people in the course of their careers. This makes sense, because as a person ages they may require more frequent care. Communicating with patients is a skill that you need to practice.